It’s Time For A God-ward Gaze

Some people stare at problems and are defeated by despair.  Other people set their eyes on pleasure and are overcome by destructive desires.  I want to gaze at God and glimpse His glory.

Moses did.  “To quote the writer of Hebrews; “By faith he (Moses) left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible.”  That writer also says: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith.”

John the Baptist passionately proclaimed an invitation that still rings out in the 21st Century:  “Behold the Lamb of God!”  Many reading this lived during the Jesus Movement when multitudes saw the living, invisible Jesus.  A song we sang goes:  “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” 

Yet many don’t see the greatest Light of all, because their supposed lights are too bright in their eyes and their heads are filled with fantasies. 

When people are allowed to openly share what God is doing in their lives, sparks of excitement begin to spread in the church and people begin to get hungry for God. They develop spiritual vision.  They start to get closer to Him, change the way the have been living, and become spiritually strong. You can see it happening right in front of your eyes.

If you live in the Nashville, Tennessee area and would like help with a God-ward gaze, come and visit The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center, where people are allowed to share and testify.  It is an amazing thing to see.  Sundays at 10:45, 225 Berry Street, Nashville, 37207.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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3 Responses to It’s Time For A God-ward Gaze

  1. kaleymayer says:

    Great thoughts, Steve! Another thing that keeps us from being able to see Christ is an obsession with being the most perfect Christian. We think that we are saved by grace, but have to maintain that grace by performance or believing a specific list of facts. If we err outside of these things by action or beliefs than we have lost our salvation. Christ showed me that when we live like this we are like one very bright light, shining in an overwhelming way. It doesn’t welcome men to Christ, but rather warns them away like a lighthouse light. A lighthouse being an overly focused, powerful, warning light. Its competitive … not at all in the nature of Christ.

    But as we each focus on just living in Christ we become a city on a hill. Lights that shine at all different levels of light, all different colors and brightness levels. This way of living in Christ together then draws all men to the Lord for its the comfort of a safe city. Just something God shared with me a year back…

    Anyways what I am trying to say is this… Even focusing on keeping your salvation keeps us from seeing Him who is salvation.

    • Steve Simms says:

      Thanks for the comment, Kaley. It’s all about Jesus.

      There is a bit of a paradox in the Christian life. Paul says in Philippians 2:12-13: “Continue to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.”

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